LEIGH BOWERY: The Life and Times of an Icon by Sue Tilley
Now Available as an Ebook from Open Road Integrated Media (on sale: March 15, 2011)
Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Leigh Bowery.
Leigh Bowery was one of the most controversial and avant-garde performers of his generation. He influenced nearly every element of contemporary pop culture from Lady Gaga to Boy George, yet the average citizen has never heard of him. Until now. In addition to the West End and Broadway musical Taboo inspired by Leigh’s life, a feature film adaptation is in the works with HBO’s Little Britain USA star Matt Lucas in the role of Leigh.
In this timely biography, now available as an Open Road ebook, Sue Tilley, one of Bowery’s closest friends, lays bare the extravagant life of the trendsetting entertainer. From Bowery’s groundbreaking costumes and performance art, to his notoriety in London’s 1980s nightclub culture, to his role as a favored model for painter Lucian Freud, Tilley’s engrossing portrait offers insight into the outrageous world of 1980s modern art and the man who came to embody it.
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Sue Tilley is an author and model, as well as manager at the government’s Department for Work and Pensions in London’s West End. Born in 1957 in south London, Tilley became involved in the London art scene in the late 1970s, leading to her close relationship with Leigh Bowery. In 2008, a painting of Tilley by the portraitist Lucian Freud became the world’s highest-selling painting by a living artist, going for $34 million at Christie’s Fine Arts Auction House in New York. Tilley continues to write, model, and pursue other projects in London.
On Sale March 15, 2011
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